Last year, we visited the Earl Bakken Museum’s backroom to get a look at early medical devices. A few years ago, we highlighted antique devices that might make you shudder.
Going to museums right now might be difficult, or even impossible, so finding a way to virtually learn about the history of medical devices was imperative. The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia gives you just about everything you need, from spinal surgery tools to otolaryngology devices, with a smattering of Albert Einstein’s brain, if that interests you.
Some of these exhibits and devices are intriguing, while others are downright terrifying. Here’s an opportunity to marvel at the medicine of yesterday and perhaps be thankful for the innovations of today.